London/Greenwich

Greenwich is the famous maritime district of south east London with several popular attractions.

Greenwich town centre lies at the west end of the larger Royal Borough of Greenwich, which also includes Eltham and Woolwich. North Greenwich is a separate district and includes the O2 Arena.

Understand

Greenwich is a district of great historic importance and Maritime Greenwich is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Nearby Blackheath is a leafy area of grand historic homes.

In 2012, Greenwich became a Royal Borough.

Tourist Information Centre

Get in

Greenwich is located some 6 miles east of central London, on the south bank of the River Thames. Because of congestion driving is not recommended, but there are three good ways of getting to Greenwich from central London by public transport.

By boat

Several companies run river tour boats from central London piers at Westminster Bridge, the Millennium Wheel and the Tower of London, to Greenwich Pier which is adjacent to Greenwich town centre and within walking distance of the all the main attractions. £6-8; 33% discount to Travelcard holders.

Thames Clippers commuter service offers an infrequent service, but is quicker and better value (£4.55, 33% off for Travelcard holders).

By Docklands Light Railway (DLR)

This automated rail system runs from central London terminals at Tower Gateway (adjacent to the Tower of London) and Bank (with interchange to the London Underground). Catch a train bound for Lewisham and get off at Cutty Sark station in the town centre. Because there is no driver and most of the route is elevated, you get a great view from the front of the passing city. Travelcards valid.

By rail

Six trains per hour run on weekdays from London Bridge (usually platforms 1 or 4) to Greenwich and Blackheath stations (travelcard zones 2/3), with four to Maze Hill (zone 3). Services begin at Charing Cross or Cannon Street stations. Travelcards valid.

By tube

North Greenwich tube station is not recommended as it is a bus ride away from Greenwich town centre and was built specifically for access to the Millennium Dome (now the O2 Arena). However, it is possible to walk from here along the Thames Path to Greenwich town centre, it is a bleak but peaceful industrial landscape and it will take about 45 minutes.

Get around

All the locations mentioned in this article are within easy walking distance of each other and both the Cutty Sark DLR station and Greenwich Pier. Note that the Royal Observatory is up a short but steep hill.

See

Zero meridian at Greenwich

Although far from central, Greenwich is the home of several of London's more interesting tourist attractions. The combination of Greenwich Park, the Old Royal Observatory, the Queens House and the Royal Naval College make up Maritime Greenwich, which is a site on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Do

Photograph of a large white dome studded with pylons
The O2

Buy

Greenwich market

Greenwich market actually consists of several markets all quite close together:

Shops

Eat

Greenwich has restaurants of different types and costs.

Greenwich town centre

Outside Greenwich town centre

Drink

Many of Greenwich's pubs have been bought and revamped by the American-owned Inc Group (also known as Greenwich Inc), a source of concern to some locals who miss the old venues, and they have built up a reputation for poor service. But commercially, they are very successful in attracting tourists.

Sleep

Go next

Routes through Greenwich

Westminster East End  W  E  East London END
The City East End ← Lewisham branch  N  S  Lewisham branch → Southwark-Lewisham END
The City East London ← Woolwich branch  W  E  Woolwich branch END


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